The Elder Westrogothic Law

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The Elder Westrogothic (Västgöta) Law is the oldest complete extant manuscript in Swedish. Dated to the 1280s based on textual evidence, its 47 leaves have been heavily used, as born out by their worn edges and dark and soiled surfaces.

The handwriting in the original text is black letter, also known as Gothic Miniscule. A number of the annotations have been furnished considerably later. Examples of such annotations can be seen in the right-hand margin on recto of leaf 21.  In the top margin we find "retlose bolcar" – Code of Nuisance Crimes – in the hand of Johannes Bureus (d. 1652), the first librarian of the royal collections.

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